Asus takes a slightly different turn with this year’s ZenFone series. While the ZenFone 8 Flip looks a lot like the phones of previous years, with its large screen and fold-out camera mechanism, the company went back to the drawing board for the flagship ZenFone 8 and redesigned it as a smaller one-handed device. : a kind of Android iPhone mini. The two phones are making their global debut today, priced at € 599 for the ZenFone 8 and € 799 for the ZenFone 8 Flip. Asus says only ZenFone 8 will be coming to North America; it is expected this summer. The price in the US is still being finalized, but the company says it will cost anywhere from $ 599 to $ 799.
The ZenFone 8 and 8 Flip both use a Snapdragon 888 chipset, but that’s roughly the similarities. ZenFone 8 has a 5.9-inch 1080p OLED display with a fast 120Hz refresh rate. It is sold in configurations of up to 16 GB RAM and 256 GB storage and has an IP68 water resistance rating. Both the 8 and 8 Flip support 5G – but when the ZenFone 8 arrives in the US, it will only work on AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE and sub-6GHz 5G networks.
The ZenFone 8’s two rear cameras are borrowed from the ZenFone 7 series: a standard 64-megapixel wide with OIS that disables 16-megapixel images and a 12-megapixel ultrawide. Since the camera array doesn’t flip forward to play the role of a selfie camera, a 12-megapixel camera is now located under an off-center hole punch on the front panel.
The phone’s compact size is reflected in its 4,000mAh battery, which is much smaller than previous years’ 5,000mAh cells. It supports 30W wired charging with the included charger, but it does not offer wireless charging. There are dedicated dual stereo speakers and even a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The ZenFone 8 Flip is necessarily a much larger device with a 6.67-inch screen – a 1080p OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. It offers a larger 5000 mAh battery with 30W wired charging, up to 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, but it lacks an IP rating.
The main attraction, of course, is the fold-out camera array. The triple-camera hardware is borrowed from ZenFone 7, including a 64-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, and an 8-megapixel telephoto with 3x optical zoom. Asus says the module itself has a stronger motor with better endurance; users can expect to pull out up to 300,000 “flips”. A custom RhinoShield case is sold separately in some markets with a sliding lid to protect the case and a sensor that automatically activates the camera when the lid is opened.